Class of 2016
Alfred B. Agee, PhD (’77). Graduated from UK with majors in Economics and Sociology. Masters of Education, University of Phoenix (MAED in Counseling). PhD in Clinical Psychology, Fielding Institute. Retired Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army. As a Viking, he was inducted into the Kentucky High School Hall of Fame; Kentucky’s High School 1976 State Track Champion in 100, 220, 440, and Long Jump; KY High School 1977 State Track Champion in 100, 220, Long Jump, and Triple Jump; 60-yard dash Champion, Mason-Dixon Games 1976 and 1977.
Dr. Alan B. Harker (’64) (1946-2011). BA (Chemistry) Oberlin College; Co-recipient, Henry B. Holmes Prize (Outstanding Chemistry graduate). PhD University of California-Berkely (Physical Chemistry). Rockwell International Science Center (1973-2006). Author of over 110 peer-reviewed scientific articles and 9 patents in fields including atmospheric chemistry, nuclear waste disposal, thin films, and optical coatings. Rockwell International Engineer of the Year 1981. Exec Board member, Southern California Golden Bears High-power Rifle Club, 1990-2006. California State High-power Rifle Team, 1998-2002. Distinguished Rifleman Badge, Civilian Marksmanship program 2003-2006. Volunteer Instructor, U.S. Army Squad Designated Marksman program 2003-2006. Boy Scout Troop Leader, Explorer Scout, and Eagle Scout 1957-1964. As a Viking, he as a member of the National Honor Society, Marching Band and Pep Band 1961-1964.
John Miller, PhD (’64). BA in Social Relations (social psychology, sociology, social anthropology) Harvard Univ. 1968. PhD in Social Psychology, Univ. of Michigan 1981. Graduate, U.S. Navy Nuclear Power School and Prototype Training 1969. U.S. Navy Nuclear Submarine Engineering Officer, USS Seawolf 1970-72. Science reporter, Detroit Free Press (1973); WDIV-TV (NBC) Detroit 1978-80 (pert time); WEWS-TV (ABC) Cleveland (1983-84); WSVN-TV (NBC) Miami (1985-88). Psychology lecturer, John Carrol Univ. and Cuyahoga County Comm. College (1991-96 – part time). Consultant in Litigation Support and Inferential Statistics since 1993. Freelance Science Journalist since 1996; Scientific American, Discovery.com, ABC.com, and 15+ other publications. President, Harvard Club of Northeast Ohio (1994-97) and member of the Board of Directors since 1991; Regional Director, Harvard Alumni Association 1998-2001. Founder, Cleveland Goes To College, which makes annual go-to-college presentations in Cleveland schools since 2007. Drummer, Central Park Zoo (classic rock & roll cover band) since 1984. As a Viking, he was Valley’s president of the National Honor Society (1964) and a National Merit Scholar Finalist; member of the All-State Orchestra (1964), Marching & Pep bands, Speech and Debate team, and Cross-Country team (1961-64). Received a Navy ROTC Full Scholarship to Harvard University (1964).
Charles Mitchell (’67). Graduate, University of Louisville (1971). Taught at Valley High School 1972-81; Head Track Coach 1973-81. Elected to the Kentucky High School Track & Cross-Country Coaches Hall of Fame 2007. Kentucky AAA High School Track Coach of the Year 1976-77. Head Coach of Valley High School Kentucky Track Champions 1976-77, State Runner-up 1978, Valley High School Invitational Track Meet Champions 1974-81, and Regional Cross-Country Champions 1977. Coached 15 individual Kentucky high school track champions including Kentucky’s Outstanding Track Athlete of the year 1976 and 1977 and Kentucky’s Individual State Cross-Country champion 1978. As a Viking, he was the Regional 100-yard dash Champion 1967.
Dr. Lucian Moreman (’64). BA Chemistry, University of Kentucky 1968; Medical degree from UK 1972. Intern at Cincinnati General Hospital/University of Cincinnati 1972-73. Residency-Obstetrics/Gynecology, University of Kentucky Medical School 1976. Co-founder of Elizabethtown Physicians for Women 1976; has delivered about 6,000 babies. Fellow, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Assistant Clinical Professor, University of Louisville School of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology 1980-2000. President, Medical Staff-Hardin County Memorial Hospital 2007 and 2011. University of Kentucky Medical Alumni Board Member. Leadership positions include Lincoln Trail Board of Health, Passport Health Plan Advisory Council, Kentucky Obstetric & Gynecologic Society, Kentucky Maternal Mortality Committee. As a Viking, he was President of the Junior Class and a member of the Debate and Speech, Chess, and Golf clubs.
Don Russell (’70). BA Morehead State Univ. (Cum Laude). Double Major, Radio-Television Journalism, 4.0 GPS; Masters degree, Communications Morehead State; outstanding broadcast student in School of Communications 1975. 1st Team All Ohio Valley Conference; 1 st Team Universal Sports All-American placekicker 1973; CoSIDA Academic All-American selection as a placekicker. WMKY radio Sports Director and play-by-play announcer for MSU athletics and instructor of radio-television journalism 1975-1981. MSU’s first Athletic Development Officer establishing the Eagle Athletic Fund 1981-83. Associate Athletic Director of Extremal Affairs, University of Louisville; created and implemented the Cardinal Athletic Fund 1983-86. Inducted to the Morehead State University Athletic Hall of Fame 1996. Television play-by-play announcer for UofL football, men’s & women’s basketball, and Olympic sports for WDB, ESPN, Haycom, and ABC 1885-2005. Current play-by-play announcer for Gulf South Conference, ESPN3, and ACC telecasts of baseball, softball, and women’s basketball. Owner/30-year host of Inside Kentucky Golf television program. 10-time recipient of the Kentucky PGA Media Representative of the Year. Kentucky Golf Association 2015 J.W. James Award for outstanding contributions to amateur golf in Kentucky. As a Viking, he was an honor graduate, 1st Chaplain in Kentucky’s high school ROTC programs, senior class president Beta Club and Choir member, football letterman, and had 12-years perfect attendance.
James E. Segrest Jr. (’59) (1940-2014). Graduate, University of Louisville. Student Council, Tau Kappa Epsilon secretary, Baptist Student Union president; attended University of Louisville School of Law. Former Director of Planning Controls at the Louisville and Jefferson County Planning Commission. Leader of the creation of the Butchertown Plan. Helped establish Jefferson Community College at the former Presbyterian Seminary facilities. Co-founder of the Thomas Edison House. Former Director of the Kentuckiana Regional Planning and Development Agency (KIPDA); co-founded the Neighborhood Planning and Preservation group, President of Butchertown Inc. and the Butchertown Neighborhood Association in the 1980’s and 2001-2008. Renowned community preservationist and amateur historian; lifetime mentor who inspired others to sustain and maintain Louisville’s history. Instrumental in preserving and protecting the Butchertown neighborhood and its historical significance from expansion projects involving 1-64, I-65, I-71, and the Ohio River bridges projects. Owned and renovated “Linden Hill” built around 1796 and made it a state historical landmark recognizing its roots in “Early Butchertown” and as the home of Colonel Fredrick Geiger of the Revolutionary War. Jim was the founding president of the Valley High School Alumni Association, Inc. helping to establish it as a charitable, non-profit organization dedicated to providing scholarships to the students if Valley High School and support to Valley High School and its community. As a Viking, he was in the National Honor Society, president of the Student Council, president of the Kentucky High School’s Student Council, Jefferson County 4-H Club president, and represented Kentucky at the Williamsburg Student Burgesses—a forum for high school students across the country.
Lester Sturgeon ('64). Graduate, University of Louisville - Chemical Engineering. Vice President Global Capacity, Abbott Nutrition, Abbott Laboratories 2005-2013 and V.P. Project & Facilities Engineering, Abbott Laboratories 1995-2003. Director of Engineering, Abbott Laboratories, Diagnostic Division 1990-1995 and Chemical Division 1981-1990. Planned, designed, built, and staffed start up pharmaceutical and nutritional plants in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Europe, South America, China, and Singapore. UofL Board of Advisors, School of Engineering. Former chairman or vice-chairman of Construction Industry Institute, Unite Way-Lake County, IL and Chamber of Commerce-Lake County, IL. Oak Grove (IL) District 68 School Board member. As a Viking, he was in the National Honor Society, the sports editor of the Valley Hi-Lites paper, and a letterman on the track and cross country teams.
Susan Zeigler Troutt (’65). Graduate, Morehead State University BA Elementary Education; Master’s in Education Northern Kentucky Univ. Elementary teacher Boone County Schools for 30 years. Bone County Teacher of the Year 1991. Kentucky Post Golden Apple Award Nominee for Excellence in Education. Who’s Who Among American Teachers 1992 and 1996. Boone County School’s “Break The Mold” Award; Author of novels for children and young adults; Author of adult short stories. Author of 4-part Science Series for Boone County Cooperative Extension Service. US Department of the Interior Project Archaeology Facilitator. Transcriber for Northern Kentucky African-American Oral History Task Force. Licking Valley Girl Scout Volunteer Rookie of the Year. As a Viking, she was an outstanding speech student.
William “Chico” Underwood (VHS Staff). Graduate Livingstone College, Salisbury, North Carolina lettered in Football and Track. Master’s Degree, Spalding University. Teacher and Coach in Jefferson County Public Schools for 27 years. Organized West Side Track Club in 1982 giving hundreds of children the opportunity to participate in track. Track Coach; Durrett High School, Frost Middle School, Valley High School, and Central High School. Basketball Coach; Russell Jr. High, Ahrens High School, and Frost Middle School. Valley High School Girls’ Track Coach-State Champions 1992, 1994, and 1995; coached Shandelier Boyd Smith, Shawna Johnson, and Tenesha Blakey Marshall All-State in Girls Track (Smith and Marshal are members of the Valley Hall of Fame). Coached Central High School AA State Championships for Boys Track (2010) and Girls (2013). Inducted into the Kentucky High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Track and Field Coach of the Year, Class AA Girls 2013 KTCCCA.